Next Generation Science Standards: All Standards, All Students

Okhee Lee, Emily C. Miller, Rita Januszyk

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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offer a vision of science teaching and learning that presents both learning opportunities and demands for all students, particularly student groups that have traditionally been underserved in science classrooms. The NGSS have addressed issues of diversity and equity from their inception, and the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team completed four major charges: (1) bias reviews of the NGSS, (2) Appendix D on diversity and equity, (3) inclusion of the topic of diversity and equity across Appendices, and (4) seven case studies of diverse student groups. This article starts with an overview of the NGSS Diversity and Equity charges, followed by a description of each of the four charges. This body of work addresses what science educators can and should do to ensure that the NGSS are accessible to all students, hence the title: "All Standards, All Students." In the coming years, the nation's student diversity will continue to grow rapidly while states adopt and implement the NGSS. Therefore, science teaching for non-dominant student groups equates to science teaching for all students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-233
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Science Teacher Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Policy
  • Science education reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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